David Wallis, DMA

David Wallis

Dr. David Wallis is the Director of Choral Activities at McMurry University.  He has held similar positions at Lindenwood University, Colorado Christian University and Huntington University, where he also served as Department Chair.  Prior to this he was Chair of the Music Department at Tantasqua Regional High School, in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

Dr. Wallis received both a Masters of Music and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from Michigan State University, where he studied under Charles K. Smith.  He received a Bachelor of Music in Theory/Composition from the University of Massachusetts, where he studied with reknown pianist Fernand Kaeser and composers Robert Stern and Charles Fussell, as well as received a Massachusetts Music Specialist Teaching Certificate.  Early studies include 5 years at New England Conservatory, where he studied under Katherine Buss, Tibor Szasz, and Third-Stream Jazz artist Ran Blake.

Dr. Wallis has been involved with music ministry for many years.  Currently he is the music director for Spirit Wind, the summer touring choir of the Northwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.  Most recently he is the Music Director for Aldersgate United Methodist Church of Abilene, Texas.  He directs the Chancel Choir and Jubilee Bell Choir, and oversees other elements of music participation.  He was formerly the Music Director at First United Methodist Church of St. Charles, Missouri, where he directed a 65-voice Chancel Choir, began a Masterworks concert program, and developed a Chamber Choir. 

Dr. Wallis directs the Chanters, who are currently in their 94th year of existence; he also directs the vocal ensemble McMurry Sounds, who specialize in a cappella chamber literature.  Both ensembles travel regularly.  Dr. Wallis teaches conducting and voice in the applied area, as well as Music Theory and Music Education classes.  He is active as a composer and clinician, and has appeared as guest conductor for festivals and honor choirs in Massachusetts, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Missouri and Texas.